Mueller team begins writing final report

Mueller team begins writing final report

Mueller team begins writing final report

In a resignation letter, Mr Sessions - a former Alabama senator who was an early supporter of Mr Trump - made clear the decision to go was not his own.

Rosenstein has several severe conflicts of interest when it comes to the Mueller probe and the Obama administration's "spygate" efforts against President Trump and his associates.

As part of Whitaker's new role as the head official at the Justice Department, he will oversee the Russian Federation probe and the agency's other federal investigations, including the NY prosecutors' look into the finances of Trump and his former aides.

- Can the probe's report on Trump be stifled?

Asked if that would be to dwindle the special counsel's resources, Whitaker responded, "Right". Under those rules, he could only be discharged for good cause, such as misconduct or dereliction of duty, such as violating department policy.

David Bosel, a retired political scientist, described Trump's attempts to scupper the Mueller investigation as "dictatorial" and accused most Republicans in Congress of helping Trump tilt the U.S. towards "fascism".

The investigation has produced 32 criminal charges and guilty pleas from four former Trump aides.

The midterm elections saw the Democrats win control of the lower house of Congress for the first time in eight years, meaning that from January onwards Trump will finally face an opposition that has teeth.

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As the probe continued to cloud his presidency, Trump kept complaining about Sessions recusing himself from supervising Mueller and entrusting the task instead to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker is Sessions' former chief of staff.

Her words were echoed by Democratic party Senate leader Chuck Schumer, who added: "Clearly, the president has something to hide." It's a job he knows well given that Whitaker has spent the previous year as Sessions' chief of staff.

- Can Trump stop the probe? Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wants "answers immediately" and "we will hold people accountable".

As attorney general, and earlier as White House counsel, he faced criticism for drafting controversial rules for military war tribunals, seeking to limit the legal rights of detainees at the USA prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He also worked on an earlier campaign in Iowa for one of Trump's presidential campaign leaders, Sam Clovis, who has figured in the Russian Federation investigation. Sessions, having been a part of Trump's campaign, was recused from the matter that involves many members of the president's inner circle.

The resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into the attorney general's tumultuous tenure, when he stepped aside from the Mueller investigation.

Responsibility for the probe was then passed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Trump's advisers are privately expressing worries that the special counsel, who's been out of the news for the past month, has been stealthily compiling information and could soon issue new indictments or a damning final report.

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